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Knowledge of the IIFT exam pattern is critical to preparation. There are many similarities with other management entrance tests. But there are crucial differences as well, which make the exam unique. The difficulty level of the exam is high, at par with top B-school entrances such as a CAT or XAT.
As you must have guessed, to crack the exam with a high score, your preparation needs to be comprehensive. The IIFT exam pattern acts as a stepping stone to smart and accurate preparation. While it is important to cover all the subjects, it is also essential that you prepare according to the IIFT exam pattern.
In this article, we have covered all major and minor details about the IIFT exam pattern. You will need a holistic idea to ace the IIFT exam and be shortlisted for admission at either of the three campuses.
Read the sections that follow to get a clear idea about what you can expect in the IIFT exam.
IIFT Exam Pattern
The exam pattern of IIFT remains unchanged for the 2022 session. IIFT exam will be held in Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode on 5th December 2021 in over 75 test centres across India. It is possible that the total number of questions may vary for the 2022 IIFT session, but the question types, marking schemes, sections, and other minor details are likely to remain unchanged.
The table given below contains all the important and relevant details for the IIFT exam pattern 2022.
|Total number of questions||110 (there may be minor variations)|
|Number of sections||4|
|Details of sections||Section 1: Quantitative Ability (QA)
Section 2: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Section 3: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI)
Section 4: General Knowledge (GK)
|Question type||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)|
|Marking scheme details||+3 marks for every correct answer in Section 1, 2 & 3
+1.5 marks for every correct answer in Section 4
- 1 for every wrong answer in Section 1, 2 & 3
- 0.5 for every wrong answer in Section 4
|Total Time||2 hours or 120 minutes|
IIFT Question Paper Structure
As mentioned before, the IIFT exam 2022 will have 4 sections, and a total of 110 questions will be asked from them. The number of questions may vary slightly, but changes made are usually minor. The number of questions asked from each section also varies, and the weightage given to the sections is also not equal.
We have given a breakdown of the IIFT Question Paper Structure below. Read to find out more!
|Sections||Number of questions||Total marks|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||25||75|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)||35||105|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI)||30||90|
|General Knowledge (GK)||20||30|
|Total||110 questions||300 marks|
IIFT Exam Sectional Timings
The IIFT exam has no sectional timings and candidates can divide the total time as per their wish. It can be quite useful as candidates can solve questions in any order and they can do the revision at the end.
However, it is also important to note that the average time per question is just above one minute. As a result, you need to be fast and accurate to solve the questions within the given time.
The absence of sectional timing helps, but it doesn’t make the exam easy.
IIFT Marking Scheme
In the IIFT exam, sections 1, 2 & 3 have different marking schemes, as opposed to section 4. All four sections, however, will have negative markings. Remember that the final score of IIFT is not the aggregate of marks obtained in the 4 sections. There is a special formula for calculating the final score.
For the exam, the section-wise marking scheme has been given in the table below.
IIFT Marking scheme - Sections 1, 2 & 3
- 3 marks for every correct answer in the IIFT exam
- Negative marking of 1 for every wrong answer in the IIFT exam
IIFT Marking scheme - Section 4
- 1.5 marks for every correct answer in the GK section
- Negative marking of 0.5 for every wrong answer
Important topics for IIFT
You can find below a section-wise list of important topics that are included in the IIFT exam pattern. We have covered each and every topic and the list is quite comprehensive. Do read them to find out more!
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
|Synonyms and Antonyms||Correction of spelling|
|Appropriate words||Sentences and phrases|
|Phrases||Data-driven passages on business and finance|
|Vocabulary||Passage on Indian society and international relations|
|Odd choice problems||Opinion-based passages|
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI)
|Verbal Logic||Visual & Critical Reasoning|
|Problem Statement & Conclusion||Puzzles|
|Linear & Matrix Arrangements||Family Tree|
|Alphabetical Series||Data Structures|
|Tables / Bar / Pie Graphs|
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
|Inequations||Time, Speed, Distance|
|Clocks||Profit & Loss|
|HCF & LCM||BODMAS|
|Coordinate geometry||Compound interest|
|Instalments/ payments||Set Theory|
|Number System||Permutation & Combination|
|Binomial Expansion||Arithmetic Progression|
General Knowledge (GK)
|Banking Awards & Awardees||Entertainment|
FAQs related to the IIFT examination
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